Reports suggests that the Battlestar Galactica and Madagascar: A Crate Adventure attractions at Universal Studios Singapore could both remain closed until late 2010.
The news, reported by both Screamscape and the Sentosa Theme Parks Blog, means that the park is likely to operate without two of its headline attractions for most of its opening year. Battlestar Galactica has been closed since March following technical problems, while Madagascar: A Crate Adventure has yet to open to the public at all.
Screamscape claims that Battlestar Galactica is edging closer to a return, with new cars set to arrive for the dueling rollercoasters this week. This would enable extensive safety tests to begin to ensure that the cause of the ride's closure - which is yet to be made public - has been resolved. Both of the attraction's two Vekoma-built coasters (known as Human and Cyclon) will remain closed until safety clearance is received from authorities in Singapore.
Located in the Sci-Fi City area of the park, Battlestar Galactica is the headline thrill ride of Universal Studios Singapore, which opened to the public on March 18. Both coasters feature a launched start, and at a height of 140ft are the tallest dueling rollercoasters in the world.
Universal Studios Singapore has previously claimed that the delayed Madagascar attraction is on track to open between September and December, which is consistent with the latest reports. However, if the rumors received by Screamscape are true, then the themed boat ride could be set for an even longer gestation period. The site reports that the attraction may have been affected by a fire, leading to serious damage to some of the scenes along the route (which are based on the popular Dreamworks Madagascar films). It also claims that the ride system is suffering from major technical issues which could cause some sections to be completely removed.
Both Battlestar Galactica and Madagascar: A Crate Adventure feature in Theme Park Tourist's list of the 10 most exciting new theme park attractions opening in 2010.